A taxi driver suffered serious burns and his passenger was slightly injured in a fire while refuelling with liquefied gas in Kampong Speu province yesterday.
The Toyota Highlander taxi caught fire at a petrol station on National Road 41 in Teuk La’ak commune.
A Korng Pisey district police officer who gave his name as Chandy said the cause of the incident was being investigated and the driver was being treated in hospital.
“The Cambodian driver was seriously injured and the Chinese passenger was just slightly injured and they were sent to the hospital in Phnom Penh,” he said. “We don’t know for certain the cause of the accident yet.”
“But it is thought that after the taxi was refilled with the gas and was about to leave, the passenger lit a cigarette inside the car and caused the fire,” he added.
The police identified the driver as Mao Sok Hieng, 37, but could not give the passenger’s name.
The district police officer in charge of the fire office, who asked not to be named, said the driver could not speak yet.
Police found it hard to understand the Chinese passenger, so the cause of the accident remained under investigation.
The driver was burned all over his body, and there were burns on the passenger. The taxi was completely burned out..
“We got the report but we could not get there in time because we were far from the scene and the fire took hold abruptly,” the officer in charge of fire said. “Staff there tried to put it out with their extinguisher, but could not put it out on time.”
The driver could file a complaint if the fire was caused by the passenger, the officer added.